March 13, 2008

2nd Keynote at SOURCEBoston – Dan Geer

Category: Security Article Reviews — Raffael Marty @ 9:13 am

cimg2597_2.jpgDan Geer just gave his keynote at SOURCEBoston. Have you heard Dan Geer speak? If not, I highly encourage you to watch the video of his talk as soon as it is online. I will have to go back and listen to his talk a few more times to absorb some more of it. Dan throws out so many thoughts and concepts that it is hard to follow him, without knowing some of this stuff already. I am sure those of you who have been following Dan were able to retain much more of his talk. I mostly know about Dan’s work from his postings on the security metrics list.

Risk management is a topic that is often discussed by Dan. “Risk management is about affecting the future, not explaining the past.” says Dan. To do effective risk management we need to measure things as best as we can. We need security metrics. We can’t make much progress in security if we don’t have good metrics. We’ve exhausted what we can do with firefighting. Dan has an entire slide-deck of over 400 slides about the topic of security metrics that is incredibly interesting to read up on security metrics and risk management.

Do you need security analogies from other fields? Read the transcript of Dan’s talk as soon as it is up on the SOURCEBoston site. It’s really worth it.

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